Bears win seesaw battle with River Rats

Jakub Klepis scored with one minute remaining in overtime to give Hershey a 4-3 win over Albany at the Pepsi Arena on Friday night.

Colin Forbes assisted on the game-winner after picking up two goals in a wild third period, including the tying score with 2:14 left in regulation.

The win was the Bears’ 12th straight over the River Rats.

Nicklas Bergfors scored twice for Albany, which trailed 1-0 before scoring three times in less than seven minutes during the final frame.

Frederic Cassivi, appearing in his 400th career AHL game, made 33 saves to earn the win for Hershey.

Elsewhere on Friday:

  • Mark Hatrigan scored a goal for the ninth straight game, but Andrei Kostitsyn‘s marker 26 seconds into overtime gave Hamilton a 6-5 win and ended Syracuse’s eight-game winning streak
  • Nathan Marsters made 35 saves to lead Portland to a 4-2 win over Manchester in a battle of the top two teams in the Atlantic Division
  • Dwight Helminen scored twice as Hartford overcame a 54-save effort by Gerald Coleman and defeated Springfield, 4-3
  • Matt Keith recorded a goal and an assist as Norfolk doubled up Providence, 4-2
  • Jamie Storr stopped 30 shots and assisted on Tony Voce‘s game-winning goal in Philadelphia’s 4-2 win over Grand Rapids
  • Kris Newbury and Bates Battaglia tallied a goal and an assist each for Toronto as the Marlies beat Binghamton, 3-2
  • David Moss scored for the fifth straight game, helping Omaha to a 3-2 win in Rochester
  • Jeff Hamilton scored twice as Bridgeport completed an eight-game sweep of the season series with a 3-1 win over Lowell
  • Mike Smith made 31 saves for his third shutout of the season, leading Iowa past San Antonio, 2-0
  • Shane Joseph, Patrick Rissmiller, Ryane Clowe and Josh Hennessy each chipped in a goal and an assist as Cleveland defeated Peoria, 4-2
  • Jesse Schultz scored two third-period goals to propel Manitoba to a 3-1 win over visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton